Long before the war in Iraq, I heard the quote “War Is Hell,” but that was said before our troops began fighting in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. The difference about those wars is that war is hell, and it is fought in hell.
I have just watched the Oscar-winning movie The Hurt Locker, and through that movie, I was able to begin to imagine how very, very terrible that it must be to fight in a land where everything around you seems contrary to living. The wars in those places reek of a degree of nastiness that was not typical of the wars in Europe. In Iraq and Afghanistan, our soldiers had to learn to fight a different kind of battle against men who did not value their own lives or the lives of the people around them. The playing field was completely changed in those places.
When I was a teenager and a young adult, America was involved in the Vietnam War. That may have been the first time that large numbers of men protested going to war. The worst thing about war is that the men who wage wars do not fight them. That dirty job is left for “lesser” people.
What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.~ Aldous Huxley
Another problem of war is that war never seems to completely settle things. War begets more war, and after each course of fighting, the people and their countries are weakend and demoralized.
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. Jeannette Rankin
On the 4th of July, we eat barbecue and we light fireworks to celebrate the people who fight our wars. It is nice to appreciate what these people have done and continue to do. The greatest celebration will be when we learn to quit fighting.
Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.
~Anne O’Hare McCormick
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
~Antoine De Saint-Exupery
©Jacki Kellum July 4, 2016
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
In 2010, Hurt Locker Won the Following Oscars:
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Best Achievement in Sound Editing